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Apparently There's A Right and a Wrong Time To Wash Your Face at Night

Just in case your skincare regimen isn’t complicated enough!

We all know that we should be washing our face at least twice a day. In the morning, it’s to get rid of dead skin cells, sweat and any grime from your pillow (gross!) that may be clinging to your skin. In the evenings, it’s to remove makeup as well as pollutants that have landed on your skin throughout the day. I mean, it makes sense cause if you don’t wash your face regularly can lead to breakouts, clogged pores and premature ageing, so it’s definitely not advisable to skimp on, or skip, your daily skincare routine. You have been warned.

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But did you know that there is a correct time to wash your face in the evenings? It might sound extra but hear us out…

Time to get clean

Most of us wash our face a few minutes before we hit the hay (guilty!) but we should actually be washing it much earlier. How much earlier are we talking here? Ideally, when the sun starts to set. This might seem unnecessarily early, but our bodies follow a circadian rhythm, which is like an internal clock. This also applies to our skin. The natural repair mechanisms that create new cells in our skin start functioning as it starts getting dark.

So what does this have to do with our nightly cleanse? Studies have shown that maintaining our circadian rhythm is important to prevent the telltale signs of aging. It also means that, since your skincare products are already on your face, your skin is able to maximise their benefits.

Another benefit to washing your face earlier is that it gets it out of the way. This means more time to binge your favourite Netflix series and no more excuses about being too tired for a cleansing session.

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